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confide

[kuhn-fahyd]
verb (used without object), con·fid·ed, con·fid·ing.
  1. to impart secrets trustfully; discuss private matters or problems (usually followed by in): She confides in no one but her husband.
  2. to have full trust; have faith: They confided in their own ability.
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verb (used with object), con·fid·ed, con·fid·ing.
  1. to tell in assurance of secrecy: He confided all his plans to her.
  2. to entrust; commit to the charge or knowledge of another: She confided her jewelry to her sister.
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Origin of confide

1625–35; < Latin confīdere, equivalent to con- con- + fīdere to trust, akin to foedus; see confederate, fidelity
Related formscon·fid·er, nounpre·con·fide, verb, pre·con·fid·ed, pre·con·fid·ing.un·con·fid·ed, adjectivewell-con·fid·ed, adjective

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discloserevealwhisperconfessimpartadmitsuggestbreatheintimatehintinsinuatebuzztellcommendrelegatebestowconsignchargedelegatecommit

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British Dictionary definitions for confides

confide

verb
  1. (usually foll by in; when tr, may take a clause as object) to disclose (secret or personal matters) in confidence (to); reveal in private (to)
  2. (intr foll by in) to have complete trust
  3. (tr) to entrust into another's keeping
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Derived Formsconfider, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin confīdere, from fīdere to trust; related to Latin foedus treaty
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Word Origin and History for confides

confide

v.

mid-15c., "to trust or have faith," from Latin confidere "to trust in, rely firmly upon, believe" (see confidence). Meaning "to share a secret with" is from 1735; phrase confide in (someone) is from 1888. Related: Confided; confiding.

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